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Wide Angle ZM lenses from Carl Zeiss
Ralf Jurrien : May 8th 2007 - 19:20 CET
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ZeissWide Angle ZM lenses from Carl Zeiss : Announced at Photokina 2006, Carl Zeiss AG has released the pricing and the official launch date for the Distagon T* 4/18 ZM and C Biogon T* 4.5/21 ZM lenses. Tailor-made for the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera and other cameras with Leica M-bayonet, both lenses are based on sophisticated optical designs from Carl Zeiss and provide high image definition in high purity colors - without flare and ghosting. They cover the full 24x36mm format and are suitable for both analog and digital photography. Even with digital sensors in a smaller format, they still cover very wide field angles. Both lenses are remarkably compact and light and are therefore ideal for travel, landscape and ‘street’ photography.
Wide Angle ZM lenses from Carl ZeissWide Angle ZM lenses
Like all lenses in the ZEISS ZM-line, they feature a durable, full metal precision mount and engraved scales. The 10-blade iris has precise stops in 1/3 steps. Optionally, the lenses are available with a black or silver finish. External viewfinders and lens shades are available for both lenses as an option. Both ZM-lenses are available in silver & black finishes. The Distagon T* 4/18 ZM will begin shipping in August, 2007, the C Biogon T* 4.5/21 ZM in June, 2007.

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 4/18 ZM lens
• Suggested List Price - 1,059 Euro ex VAT
• Item - silver finish - 1440-731
• Item - black finish - 1440-733
• Focal length - 18 mm
• Aperture range - f/4 - f/22
• No. of elements/groups - 10 / 8
• Focusing range - 19.7” / 0.5m - infinity
• Image ratio at close range - 1:23
• Coverage at close range - 56 x 84 cm
• Angular field, diag/horiz/vert - 98° / 87° / 65°
• Filter - M58 x 0.75
• Weight - 12.3 oz / 350g
• Diameter - 2.6” / 65mm
• Length - 1.8” / 46mm

Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 4.5/21 ZM lens
• Suggested List Price - 929 Euro ex VAT
• Item - silver finish - 1419-574
• Item - black finish - 1410-575
• Focal length - 21 mm
• Aperture range - f/4.5 - f/22
• No. of elements/groups - 8 / 6
• Focusing range - 19.7” / 0.5m - infinity
• Image ratio at close range - 1:20
• Coverage at close range - 48 x 72 cm
• Angular field, diag/horiz/vert - 90° / 80° / 58°
• Filter - M46 x 0.75
• Weight - 6.7 oz / 190g
• Diameter - 2.1” / 53mm
• Length - 1.2“ / 31mm

About Carl Zeiss
Carl Zeiss is a leading international group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic industry. Carl Zeiss AG is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The business groups, which each operate with sole responsibility, are generally ranked first or second in the strategic markets of medical and research solutions, industrial solutions und lifestyle products. They offer products and services for biomedical research and medical technology, system solutions for the semiconductor, automotive and mechanical engineering industries, as well as high-quality consumer goods such as camera lenses and binoculars. In fiscal year 2004/05 (ended 30 September) the Carl Zeiss Group generated sales totaling EUR 2,222 million. The Carl Zeiss Group has approximately 11,500 employees, including about 3,300 outside Germany. It is directly represented in more than 30 countries and operates production facilities in Europe, America and Asia. The eyeglass business now operates as Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH and is the number two eyeglass provider in the world. This company is owned 50:50 by Carl Zeiss AG and a private equity company.

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